Falcons Face Spanish Club On Thursday, Tango Canada Monday


Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons have two more build-up matches to prosecute over the next five days, as they are billed to tango a top-flight Spanish ladies’ club on Thursday, and then battle Canada’s national women’s team on Monday.
Both matches are to kick-start the next phase of the Falcons’ build-up towards this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, ahead of which the squad of 24 players landed in Spain at the start of this week.
A press release by the information department of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) revealed that some of the players left for Spain on Monday night while the rest departed on Tuesday.
The team will first play a Spanish first division female club, UMF Selfoss on Thursday in the city of Murcia, before confronting Canada on Monday at the same venue in The Land of The Armada.
After their outings in Spain, the nine time African champions will step up their preparations by taking part at this year’s WAFU B Women’s Cup of Nations in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in May.
Organizers announced on Tuesday that the competition will hold from 8th to 18th May in the Ivorian capital, with the senior women teams of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Niger Republic, Togo and Burkina Faso lying in wait for the Falcons.
The draw ceremony for the WAFU competition is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 16th April, ahead of what will mark the last championship the Nigerian team will take part in before heading to France.
The squad, handled by Swedish tactician, Thomas Dennerby, have already taken part in two other invitational competitions, first being in Meizhou, China in January and Cyprus Women’s Cup in February.
After the WAFU Cup, the Falcons will move to Austria for the final lap of their preparations at Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, at the same facility that hosted the Super Eagles before the 2018 World Cup.
From Austria, the Falcons will fly to France, where they take on Norway, Korea Republic and the hosts in Group A of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup from 7th June to 7th July.
The Falcons’ squad to Spain has thre goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi; Alaba Jonathan; and Chiamaka Nnadozie; as well as six defenders: Faith Michael; Onome Ebi; Osinachi Ohale; Josephine Chukwunonye; Patricia George and Ngozi Ebere.
There are also five midfielders: Ngozi Okobi; Rita Chikwelu; Halimatu Ayinde; Cecilia Nku; and Ogonna Chukwudi, as well as ten forwards: Asisat Oshoala; Rasheedat Ajibade; Anam Imo; Chinaza Uchendu; Courtney Dike; Desire Oparanozie; Ini-Abasi Umotong; Alice Ogebe; Antionette Oyedupe Payne; and Uchenna Kanu